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For the record

May 12, 2013

Proposition 13 loophole: An article in the May 5 Section A about a loophole in Proposition 13 thatenables businesses to sidestep a tax reassessment examined the purchase of a Santa Monica hotel company by Michael Dell and partners. The article said that Dell's lawyer cited state Revenue and Taxation Code Section 462.180(d)(s) in arguing that a husband and wife can split a property to avoid a change of ownership. The citation is from a section of the Board of Equalization's property tax rules, not the tax code.

Garcetti's Hollywood plan: In the May 11 Section A, an article about mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti's push for "smart growth" in Hollywood included a reference to Larry Gross of the Coalition for Fair Housing. Gross' organization is the Coalition for Economic Survival.

Coaching in L.A.: In the May 5 Sports section, a column about sports coaches in the hot seat said that New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan has coached the team for six seasons and that New York Mets Manager Terry Collins has headed his team for four seasons; in fact, Ryan has coached the Jets for four seasons and Collins is in his third season as Mets manager.

Afghan dam: In the May 5 Section A, an article about the Afghan government assuming responsibility for upgrading the American-built hydroelectric dam project at Kajaki described the U.S. special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction as a Pentagon agency. The special inspector general is an independent agency created by Congress and is not part of the Pentagon.

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